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Neptune Resident Fought Racial Injustice

  By DON STINE Ermon K. Jones, who opened the door for African-Americans to teach at Neptune High School and who filed a lawsuit to fight housing discrimination which went all the way to the New Jersey Supreme Court, died May 7. He was 92. The legacy of the life-long Neptune resident who fought racial prejudice and injustice for most of his life was celebrated at this week’s Neptune Township Committee meeting, Committeeman Michael Brantley, who was a fellow fraternity brother of Jones in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, said he knew Jones well and spent many Christmas’s at his…

Plea for Downtown Foot Patrols After ‘Wild Weekend’

By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Several Asbury Park business owners urged the City Council this week to establish foot patrols in the downtown area every Friday and Saturday night after what some called a “wild weekend.” Complaints included vomiting, vandalism, urinating, defecating by bar patrons. Only two weeks after saying he was willing to spend the money to set the tone for the downtown area before the summer season begins, Mayor John Moor said, “We lost the downtown again this weekend.” Moor again made it clear he wants more of a police presence downtown during the weekends. “I’m getting sick and…

Christian Center Moving to House of Independents

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Shore Christian Center will begin holding services at the House of Independents, 572 Cookman Ave., Sun., May 8 Mother’s Day. The move comes at the same time as the unexpected death of the Rev. Dewey Friedel April 18. Dewey Friedel’s son Rev. Isaac Friedel, who had been working along his father and will now take over running the church. Isaac said this week that it will be a bit “intimidating” pastoring his first service without his father. “It will be bittersweet,” he said. Up until now Isaac, who was ordained by his father in…

Bradley Beach Prepares for Memorial Day Festival

  Bradley Beach’s annual Memorial Day weekend festival will be held from May 28 through May 29 at the beachfront. This annual event begins with a parade along Ocean Avenue at 10 a.m. May 28. During the parade a wreath honoring American servicemen and women will be placed at the beachfront flags on Ocean Avenue near the stage area. The group’s annual donations will be presented to several borough organizations totalling $4,000. The Bradley Beach Boardwalk will be filled with more than 200 merchandise and food vendors along with Kiddie Rides and entertainment,including live music. The Ship Wrecked Mini Golf…

New Hotel Nearing Completion

  By ELLEN CARROLL The 110-room boutique Asbury Hotel located in the former Salvation Army building on Fifth Avenue in Asbury Park is nearing completion and scheduled to open Thurs., May 26 just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The hotel, owned by waterfront developer iStar, will have 110 rooms some with eight bunk beds in a room and all the way up to private king and queen rooms. Prices for rooms will start at $125 a room. The front desk and check-in doubles as The Counter, a grab-and-go kitchen where guests can fetch keys, order coffee, or buy something…

Tinton Falls lands $1.6 Million Road Repairs, Vehicle Purchases

  By PETE WALTON The Tinton Falls Borough Council plans to issue bonds worth $1.6 million to fund road improvements and three new public works vehicles. A $250,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation will help fund the $1.96 million total cost of the improvements. The borough’s 2016 Road Improvement Program includes Pine Street, Surrey Lane, Tracy Place, Acorn Drive, Chestnut Court, Apple Orchard Drive, Hamilton Court and the municipal public works lot. A new automated sanitation truck costing approximately $240,000 will be purchased, as well as two public works trucks at an estimated total price of $70,000. The…

Bocce Tournament Celebrating 40 years at the Shore

  A well-known local bocce tournament, formerly known as the Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo National Bocce Tournament, is turning 40 this year. Founded in 1977 by Asbury Park police officer Anthony “Putt Putt” Petillo, his cousin and fellow bocce enthusiast Sal Caliendo, 69, kept the tournament going after Petillo died in 1987. “It was always held on the Asbury Park boardwalk or in Convention Hall until 1992 when we were told the Grand Arcade had structural problems and was no longer safe. So we had to move it,” Caliendo said. Since then the tournament, which attracted bocce players from around…

Heroin Kills More Than Car Crashes or Murder

  By DON STINE More people are killed in Monmouth County by heroin overdoses than by murder and highway accidents- combined. Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Camden, have the highest rate of heroin-related deaths and a special forum on the subject was held April 27 in the High Ocean Township High School auditorium. “This is a very, very serious problem, particularly in Monmouth County,” said Sen. Jennifer Beck, who hosted the forum. “Young people can become so addicted in such a short period of time and unable to get away from it- it’s unprecedented. It really sets you on your…

Neptune Electrical Official Named Inspector of the Year

  By DON STINE Donald Clare, an electrical sub-code official in Neptune, has been selected the 2016 Electrical Inspector of the Year by the Municipal Electrical Inspector’s Association. “We are very proud of Don. He has been an exemplary employee and definitely deserves the award. He is very diligent and active in his industry and prides himself in knowledge of his field,” Neptune’s Director of Code and Construction William Doolittle said. “I am very proud of Don for receiving this honor from his peers. It just reinforces my belief that we have township employees that are dedicated to both their…

Woman in Stable Condition After Falling Into Lake

  A 59-year-old female Ocean Grove resident was pulled from the southern shore of Wesley Lake Wednesday afternoon (May 4) and taken to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment. “She was somewhat hypothermic but alive,” Neptune police department spokesman Michael McGhee said. He said a person on the Asbury Park side of the lake witnessed the accident, near the footbridge in the middle, of the lake and immediately called police. McGhee said the woman is visually impaired and fell off the embankment into the lake. Police did not release here name. He said three Good Samaritans…